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June, 2014HHS Office on Women’s Health Launches New Website

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office on Women’s Health has announced the launch of a new national online searchable resource which features The University of North Carolina.

The resource, Supporting Nursing Moms at Work: Employer Solutions, includes photos and stories of 200 businesses in 29 U.S. states, representing 22 industry sectors.

Read the press release here.

June, 2014Dr. Labbok to receive the 2014  JHL Award for Evidence-Based IBLCELeadership in Breastfeeding

The United States Lactation Consultant Association (ILCA) has voted for Miriam to be the 2014 recipient of the Journal of Human Lactation Award for Evidence-Based Leadership in Breastfeeding. She will accept the award at the annual ILCA conference in July in Phoenix, Arizona. Congratulations, Miriam.

April, 2014 - Taylor receives 2014 Chipman Alumni Award

Emily C. Taylor, MPH (MCH ’07), IHI-IA, LCCE, CD(DONA) fulfilled a portion of the Emily Taylormission established by Sidney S. Chipman, founder of the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health Department of Maternal and Child Health, when she came to UNC to find a learning environment where mind, heart, and relationships are at the center. She was named recipient of the 2014 Sidney S. Chipman Alumni Award April 10 during the MCH Family Reunion at the Friday Center in Chapel Hill.

The Award, honoring Dr. Chipman, is presented to a graduate of the department who has made an outstanding contribution to the field of maternal and child health. Recipients are to be dedicated to working for human welfare; are effective in working with people and getting the job done; and are to be sensitive to the needs, feelings, and ideas of others.

Taylor’s nominators wrote, “Ms. Taylor has been a contributor to the Department, the State, and the country in her efforts to improve the quality of care in MCH. She is truly an outstanding individual and a great asset to our field. She has demonstrated her dedication to work for human welfare in the years prior to and since her graduation. She has been dedicated to mothers and children, especially to the mother/child dyad issues surrounding birth and reproductive health in general.”

During her remarks, Taylor thanked her nominators and her mentor, Dr. Miriam Labbok. She commented, “it is clear that I have been standing on the shoulders of giants: Mary Rose Tully (2003), who was one of my first mentors at UNC; Millie Jones (2006), who is here with us today; and Drs. Vijaya Hogan (1997), Pouru Bhiwandiwala (1983) and Jonathan Kotch (1982), all of whom had a profound impact on me during the course of my studies.”

“Following Dr. Chipman’s example, the dedicated group of scholars and activists, faculty, staff, students and alumni continuously come together to cultivate an environment that maximizes our potential to work for human welfare, to work with others to get the job done, and to be sensitive to the needs, feelings and ideas of others,” she said. “I realized a dream: I learned to think like a public health professional.” (Read the full transcript of her acceptance remarks here.)

Specializing in innovation, implementation and evaluation initiatives to improve the quality of healthcare for women, Taylor is the founder and director of Women-Inspired Systems’ Enrichment (WISE). She provides consultation on applying the IHI Model for Improvement, leadership development, curriculum creation and implementation (using adult learning theory), staff development and strengthening, guiding others to use data to drive change, and facilitating quality improvement collaboratives.

Her career has focused on reducing socio-ecological constraints to breastfeeding in the United States with particular emphasis on healthcare delivery systems. Prior to starting WISE, she served as Deputy Director of the Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute for 6 years. There, she oversaw the National Collaborative for Advancing the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding and the Breastfeeeding-Friendly Health Care Initiative. She also has been active on the MCH Alumni Committee.

Taylor serves as the Secretary of the Board of the United States Breastfeeding Committee. She is a Master of Public Health, an IHI Improvement Advisor, and a certified Leadership Facilitator. Though she no longer has an active practice, her experience as a childbirth doula and Lamaze educator continues to inform her work.

March, 2014 - CGBI Awarded Planning Grant

CGBI will receive a one-year planning grant of $74,995 from the John Rex Endowment, the agency has announced.The funding will be used to explore prenatal and post-maternity breastfeeding support and care provided for the most vulnerable populations.

Click here for more information and the full announcement from the Gillings School of Global Public Health.

February, 2014 -  Application for Lactation Consulting Program

Please find the application for the Mary Rose Tully Training Initiative posted on the Lactation Consultant Training page of our website. Good Luck!

February, 2014 – Breastfeeding-Friendly Child Care Designation
BFCC Designation

The Nutrition Services Branch of the North Carolina Division of Public Health is pleased to announce the launch of the Breastfeeding-Friendly Child Care Designation initiative.

The Breastfeeding-Friendly Child Care Designation recognizes child care facilities that promote, protect and support breastfeeding.  A rating system has been developed that awards child care facilities with a gold-starred building block for every two steps achieved in the Ten Steps to Breastfeeding-Friendly Child Care. These Ten Steps were adopted from the Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute at UNC-Chapel Hill .

Labbok award - APHAOctober, 2013Miriam Labbok Receives Lifetime Achievement Award from APHA

Congratulations to USBC member representative Miriam Labbok, MD, MPH, on receiving the Carl E. Taylor Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Public Health Association’s International Health Section. Dr. Labbok is Professor of the Practice of Maternal and Child Health at the Gillings School of Global Public Health and director of the School’s Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute. She accepted the award on November 5 at the APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition in Boston. The award honors public health visionaries and leaders who have shaped the direction of international health and/or the development of APHA. Dr. Labbok is the first recipient of this award whose career concentration has focused upon breastfeeding and family planning.

August 2013 - World Breastfeeding Week Celebration in Collaboration with NCBC

August 2013 – CGBI is appreciated on the Go NAPP SACC Facebook Page 

February 2013 – CGBI is recognized by CDC for its contribution to improving maternity care practices.

February 2013 – Dr. Labbok comments in The Nation’s Health: “Breastfeeding and maternity care have lifelong implications for the mother and child in terms of later chronic disease.”

 

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